“There is no room for me…”
These were the words spoken by a pregnant teenager, who found herself alone with no place to live. Moved by this teenager’s plight, early in 2001 a group of local citizens began discussing the possible need for a facility in Medford to help pregnant and parenting teens who had no safe place to live. It had been reported that in Jackson County there were more than 150 underage girls in this situation.
With the desire to support girls who make the choice to give life to their unborn babies, this group of concerned citizens began a journey that would lead to the opening of Magdalene Home on September 1, 2001. First, they looked to Salem, Oregon, where three similar homes have existed since 1975. Then, they met with School District 549C’s Teen Advisory Board to see if the Advisory Board saw a need for such a facility in Medford. The response was overwhelmingly positive! The School District and local service agencies said they would work in every way possible to help meet the goal of opening a home. With an offer from Rogue Valley Development Corporation to lease a facility that would house five girls, the dream started to become a reality.
Money was the next obstacle and, with generous donations from local supporters, the doors to Magdalene Home opened!